Jacobus Rima

by Steve Rima

Jacobus Rima was probably born about 1760 - 1761 in Germany. He is listed as the father in baptismal records as Von Neu Deutschland. That alone indicates his birth in Germany.

He lived with his parents as a single man at the time of the Revolutionary war. He saw service and fighting action. He was no more than eighteen years old when he was captured by the Indian Tories and taken to Montreal, Canada, He remained there from July to the end of December when he returned home. He never received a pension from his service in the war, but after his death his widow earned 41 dollars a month until her death 26 May 1841 at age of 79 years.

He married Miss Dorothea Plantz at Caughnawaga (Canajoharie) on April 12, 1785. Soon after their marriage they removed to Herkimer or German Flatts where they began to raise their family.

In 1790 he is listed at Herkimer, New York. In 1800 he is missing. I have not found where he was living at the time. In 1810 he was at Schoharie Co., Sharon Springs, NY (about 10 miles from Herkimer). He passed away December 24, 1819 at Rome, New York. His widow and children are listed there in 1820, 1830, and 1840.

Later one of his children moved into the Oswego and Jefferson County areas. Some of his sons kept Rima, two went by Rema and one went by Remore. I cannot be certain that one is correct and the other is not, That is another whole discussion.